Thu, 15 Apr 2021

TOKYO, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Two Americans suspected of helping former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan to Lebanon in 2019 were taken into custody in Japan on Tuesday after they were extradited from the United States.

The pair, Michael Taylor, 60, a former Green Beret, and his son Peter Taylor, 28, arrived at Narita airport near Tokyo in the afternoon.

The Taylors are suspected of taking the former Nissan chairman to a hotel in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, from his home in central Tokyo before putting him on the private jet leaving from Kansai International Airport with knowledge that his bail conditions did not allow him to travel overseas.

The handover at the airport came after they lost their battle against extradition last month.

The Japanese prosecutors obtained arrest warrants for the Taylors last January and they were detained in Massachusetts in May 2020. Last October, the U.S. State Department approved the extradition of the suspects to Japan.

Ghosn, who holds Brazilian, French and Lebanese nationality, is accused of under-reporting his remuneration for years and for embezzling company funds. He has denied all the charges, claiming that company insiders conspired against him.

Japan has no extradition treaty with Lebanon and has been trying to have Ghosn detained via Interpol.

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